Running in the News

I’ve seen some interesting stories in the past week in the news, and want to share and discuss them with all of you. Please leave your thoughts in the comments :)

Boston Marathon adding 9,000 spots

I am sure a lot of you have seen this going around on Facebook and Twitter the past couple of days. The Boston Marathon is adding 9,000 spots to the field. Usually the race has 27,000 participants, so by adding 9,000 runners, you would assume this would make the new field 36,000, right? Wrong. They actually haven’t determined the overall size of the field yet. They are still having to check with the different towns and cities it runs through to make this final decision.

With over 5,600 runners with guaranteed entry due to being unable to finish last year, do you think they want to make sure more people are able to run the iconic race, especially since it will be the year following the bombing? Or do you think it is a way to help combat the faster finishing times, so more runners feel that they have a chance to get in? I feel like its a little bit of both. All I know is the Boston Marathon is the most amazing experience to have the chance to participate in. Perhaps this will give more runners the chance at making the turn onto Boylston and crossing the finish line a lot of runners only dream of!

Boston Finish Line

Hitting the Wall

My friend Ryan shared this with me yesterday, and I definitely feel it is worth chatting about. A new biosensor has been developed, about the size and feel of a temporary tattoo, that can actually alert athletes when they are about to hit the wall. The sensor monitors lactate, which is a form of lactic acid released in sweat.

I am very split on this new sensor. Do I really want my mind to know before my body that my race is about to take a turn for the worst? Once you are about to hit the wall, there is really now turning back. You can’t just starting fueling right that second and get all of your energy back. Could you possibly alleviate some of all that wall hitting? I would presume so. But not competely. You can’t take back the first half of the race where your pace was too fast, and you are paying for it now.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a pretty amazing new scientific finding. There is just something to be said about training and racing smart. I am at the point where I have finally figured out how to run a marathon without bonking at the end. It all has to do with starting out slower than race pace, and slowly negative splitting the race. It’s not because I have a tattoo on my arm telling me what is happening. I fuel right, listen to my body, and have the experience of running enough marathons to be able to tell the difference. You may think the complete opposite though, so let me know! I may be looking at this completely from one side, so please enlighten me with your thoughts too!

Share your thoughts with us below!

Back To School Sprint Workout

Without all of the running that I am used to, the bootcamps I have been teaching have been one of the great forms of exercises. An aspect of the sessions I have been loving is a heart rate elevating exercise followed by one to bring the heart rate down a bit. I do this in the form of a sprint, followed by a body weight strength exercise. Check out the workout below, just in time for back to school!

Back to School Sprint Workout

Complete the workout for at least three sets. Add an extra set or two to really give you that extra edge!

Do you like straight cardio, or do you like to break up the workout with some strength too?

Thoughts When Not Running Much

1. Who else is ready for summer to be over?! It’s always fun in May when we get to celebrate Memorial Day, grill out, and enjoy the company of friends. Once the 4th of July comes and goes, all I can seem to think about is fall. For us Floridians, this really doesn’t happen until October (ish), but it does happen! Heat and humidity, please be on your way out soon!

2. Another thing about fall – premiere week. Yes, I’m talking tv here. I can’t wait for my favorites to come back, especially Modern Family, New Girl, and the Mindy Project. Come on September!!

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3. How is today the last day of July?! This year is absolutely flying! I won’t even touch on my goals I set at the beginning of the year. My lack of completion is a bit sad.

4. We are thinking about traveling over Thanksgiving to visit my sister in law this year. Unless its driving to the east coast, I have never flown during this holiday. We are thinking about actually flying out on Thanksgiving Day. Anyone ever done this? Pros/Cons?

Thanksgiving Joey

5. My hip has started to feel a bit better! I had 20 pain free minutes of running yesterday! Wahooo!!!

6. This is what happens when running is cut down significantly. I share all of my randomness with you, instead of thinking about it when I am running.

You Are Welcome! Happy Wednesday Everyone :)

 

My Favorite Spectating Race Distances

Congrats to everyone who raced this weekend! I saw a lot of triathlon finishes, ranging from sprints all the way up to the full 140.6! So many inspiring athletes out there!

Since I am not doing anything on the racing side lately, I thought it would be fun to chat about the most fun race distances to spectate! It is always fun to be the participant, but without the spectators, I feel that most races would go a bit differently.

The BIG marathons

So, I have to come clean – I’ve never actually spectated a big marathon, I’ve only run in the them. However, I know how much my husband and sister enjoy watching them, so I am just going to go ahead and speak on their behalf. There are tens of thousands of people actually running the race. Not only do you have the participants to pump you up, but there are also the other spectators all around you. When I ran the New York Marathon, I remember coming off of a bridge into Manhattan. The bridge was extremely quite, but once we turned the corner, it was as if I ran into a wall of people. The cheers were deafening – this was the part I remember the most about the race.

NYC Marathon

The little marathons

Don’t think that you need to have 40,000+ people to have fun spectating a marathon. The smaller races can be just as fun. Since there are less people all together, it is significantly easier to get around, especially if you are familiar with the city and have a car to use. There are not usually as many road closures or direct ways police are flowing the traffic. You also don’t have to worry about not getting a good spot in the front, and missing your runner.

Kentucky Derby Marathon

Triathlons

I love spectating triathlons! There is so much going on and so much to see. The swim, bike, and run all provide interests for different people, and then the transitions between are really fun to see as well. With triathlons, there are usually a number of wave starts so the swim is nice and safe, and the transitions are also split up a bit. With so many starts, there are athletes finishing constantly, so there is always something to see. I wasn’t very specific on the race distance for the triathlon, as I have only spectated sprint triathlons. My friend Meghann is going to be completing her first 140.6 in November, and my friend Steph will be crossing the line of a 70.3 as well, so I am really hoping to get to those two races. I feel that they are going to have inspiration hiding behind every corner.

Top Gun Triathlon XP MultiSport

 

Half Marathons

Now, I can’t not show love to the half marathon. Other than the 5k (by default really), I have run more half marathons than any other distance. It is just fat enough where the spectator can get to 2-3 spots to see the runner, but not as long as the marathon. I remember thinking to myself the first time I spectated a race over an hour, “This is going to take forever”. Oh, how wrong I was! It is crazy how quickly the time really does fly by. By the time you get to your spot, look for your runner, and then head to your next area, time flashes by in no time!

Gasparilla Challenge

What are your favorite races (and race distances) to spectate?

What To Do With Those Old Shoes

If you are like me, you have far too many pair of running shoes in your closet. New ones, used ones, and ones so past their prime, they make start to decompose on the spot. So what do you do with those old shoes? Looks like there are a few great options.

Nike’s Reuse a Shoe

Nike takes old, worn out shoes and grinds them down to make courts, turf fields, tracks, and more. They’ve been around since 1990, and have quite a handle on the game. They have recycled more than 28 million pair of shoes in that time. Pretty amazing! Take note, this program is for very worn out shoes – think holes, drastic imperfections, etc. They will not be donated, but will be recycled. If you live close to a Nike store, Nike Factory Store, or Converse store, drop your shoes off in their collection boxed. If not, send your shoes to be recycled here:

United States Facility:
Nike Grind Processing
3552 Avenue of Commerce
Memphis, TN 38125

Shoes for the Cure

The running store I work at, FITniche, has a large bin in the back just for Shoes for the Cure. Their goal is to drastically reduce the amount of shoes that end up in landfills each year. By recycling old shoes (ANY old shoes, not just running) you are helping to keep the Earth cleaner and greener. The company will give your business a container to display, free of charge, and will also handle the pickup of the used shoes. Easy peasy!

Shoe Drop

Shoe Drop

One World Running

Here is an option for those gently used shoes you are looking to donate. One World Running collects, washes, and sends new and nearly new shoes to third world countries in need. They are headquartered out of Boulder, Colorado, but have drop off locations across the country.

Kindrunner

Some of you may have heard about Kindrunner in the past couple of months. They recently launched the company, and seem to be doing great. They have a bit more of an intricate process to their donation, so here is the information, directly from their site:

Three Easy Steps to Kindness Cash Rewards™

1. Run: When you purchase a shoe through Kindrunner, we will send a Kindness Cash Rewards return-label in the box you receive via shipment. This label is then used to send an old, or worn, pair of running shoes–along with the original packaging to be recycled–back to our closest Shoe Donation Partners processing center (saving energy and unnecessary expense). It does not matter what brand of shoes you send back or what size they are–someone else will appreciate them!

2. Repurpose: Once your old shoes are received, one of our shoe donation partners, Soles4Souls or the MORE Foundation Group, ensures that people in the greatest need receive them. At the same time, we immediately note the arrival of your shoes and credit your account with $10 in Kindness Cash Rewards. Kindness Cash Rewards can be applied at once or accumulated for a more expensive purchase. It’s up to you how to use them!

3. Repeat: We envision a continuous cycle, where shoes sold through Kindrunner are ultimately returned after their running life is complete, donated to someone who needs the shoes much more than the original owner and uses them for an extended period.

If you have a bulk donation, send them to: Kindrunner DC PO BOX 150 Millburn, NJ 07041

By no means is this list exhaustive. These are just the first few companies that came to mind for me. Which other companies do you know and support that donate or recycle used shoes?